Knife Collection is, some say, a hobby, others call it a passion. A collectible knife, when taken good care of, is an investment worth having. Knife collectors have different reasons for starting this hobby, but a lot do this for the monetary benefits it brings. Antiques or vintage knives may cost up to tens of thousands of dollars, depending on its history and whether it has been well taken care of.
Do not forget that the older or more antique a knife is, the more care should be given to it to make sure it stays in mint condition. Below are some tips on how to properly maintain a vintage collectible knife.
Clean your collectible knife regularly. Whether you use it in your daily activities or you display it at home, you should take the time to clean your cutlery to avoid the accumulation of dirt, grime, and rust. Take the time to wipe the blade and handle of display knives at least once a month. Make it once a week for knives you use regularly, such as pocketknives and expensive kitchen knives.
Do not use random cleaning solutions that are not suited for knife cleaning. Bleach is perfect for removing stains in clothes, but terrible for cleaning your collectible knife. Try warm, soapy water and a toothbrush to remove tough grime and grit off your knife. There are also available commercial cleaning agents for cutlery in supermarkets. Just make sure you read the warning labels before you apply one to any of your collection.
Apply lubricant to pivot joints. A pocketknife is prone to rust, especially around the hinges. To avoid this, make sure you oil your pocketknives at least twice a year, especially on the pivot joints.
Store your collection in a dry place. Avoid exposing your collectible knife to moisture, as this causes rust, especially to older collections. Check your knives regularly to make sure their storage boxes or cases are not moist, especially during humid weather.
Keep your knife sharp. There is a saying that a sharp blade is safer than a dull one. This is especially true for knives you use regularly. Attempting to cut a piece of meat using a dull knife is more dangerous than using a sharp-edged one, because you exert more pressure on the action and increases the risk of letting the knife or the meat slip. To avoid this, make sure you regularly keep your knife sharp by using a whetstone or diamond stone.
Ask help from knife experts. For maintenance of very old knives, or for repair of damaged ones, it would be best if you bring them to a knife expert or knife shop that can do the job for you. The worst thing that could happen is that you try to fix the damage yourself, and only end up making it worse. Remember that a vintage collectible knife is a delicate item, and therefore needs proper care.
Maintaining antique knives requires time and effort, but is well worth them. For collectors whose main goal is to trade and sell their items at a higher price, keeping a well-maintained collection is a must, especially if they want their investments to pay off.